- Posted by Johanna on May 8, 2012 at 10:20 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
John Jakala points out how Marvel had to edit their Free Comic Book Day Avengers comic, complete with pictures illustrating the changes. I knew the book had previously been published as Avengers 12.1, but I didn’t realize that so much nudity was involved. (I don’t pay a lot of attention to Bendis’ Avengers, since they all sound the same and don’t have many exciting adventures that don’t involve company crossovers.)
I hope John will forgive me for excerpting so much of his post in this following paragraph, but he makes some compelling points:
I’m assuming Marvel made these changes because they were uncomfortable with the idea of young kids coming to FCBD and walking out with copies of a comic where a super-heroine is stripped naked; thrown down on a cold, hard floor; and interrogated by two creepy male super-villains. Which makes you wonder why the scene was written as it was in the first place: What exactly is gained by removing the heroine’s costume (other than creepy fan-service)?
Or if you argue that the nudity is integral to the scene as originally written (because of course bad guys would strip-search any hero they capture to make sure they don’t have any tracking devices or other gadgets embedded in their costumes — happens all the time whenever the Wizard captures the Human Torch, for example), then perhaps this particular comic wasn’t the best for Marvel to pick for FCBD. Why not something that would be appropriate for all ages, such as an issue of the old Marvel Adventures: The Avengers series, or a brand-new story from the just-launched The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon tie-in?
John also suggests one possible fix for the problem that makes his point well.